Subject: Please vote NO on HB 96 Utah School Readiness Initiative.
Date: Thu Feb 06 07:50:24 MST 2014
Please vote NO on HB 96 Utah School Readiness Initiative.
I oppose all preschool bills on a matter of principle since we are under a compulsory education system. Establishing a preschool program for one class (disadvantage children) will inevitably lead to a mandates for other children and additional funding needs.
The Head Start comprehensive preschool program started in 1965, went 45 years and spent $166 billion and was proven a complete failure. Once enacted these laws rarely go away. Lets not repeat history.
The bill also calls for schools to collect longitudinal data on children for the P20W database, which is preschool through grade 20 and into the workforce tracking everyone. This type of data collecting is done without parental consent. Parents also do not have any consent of what is done with the information collected and with the changes in FERPA the information can be shared with anyone who claims an educational interest.
Please vote NO on HB 96 and don't let this bill out of committee.